With two outs in the bottom of the seventh, the worst case scenario for the Salem baseball team was extra innings.
The Witches figured they’d win it right then and there.
Josh McRae and Zach LeBlanc hit back-to-back singles and Ben Kapnis came up with a single of his own to plate the winning run as Salem beat Marblehead, 3-2, to earn its first win of the year.
Kapnis was also the winning pitcher, holding the Magicians (4-9) to four hits and striking out four over seven innings.
“The boys needed it. We’ve been working hard, correcting mistakes and competing and we saw that pay off. It was the first time all year we had no errors,” said Salem coach Paul Caron, who earned his first win as well. “In that last inning, we got ahead in counts and saw some fastballs we put bats on.”
LeBlanc played well at shortstop for Salem (1-10) and catcher Austin Connolly did a nice job controlling the game behind the plate.
St. JOhn’s Prep 8, Catholic Memorial 1: The Eagles (14-1) extended their winning streak to 13 games as Nick Bragole (3-for-4, two runs) hit a solo homer to put SJP on top early. Brandon Bingel struck out nine over six innings to earn the win, Nick Latham doubled and tripled down both lines with two runs and an RBI and Keith Leavitt had an RBI double and scored two runs. Mark Etherington also drove in a run for the Prep, which saw eight players earn RBI.
Beverly 6, Saugus 5: Alex Toomey held off a Sachem charge in the seventh to earn the save as Beverly moved to 9-4. Anthony DiOrio was 2-for-4 with an RBI, Kevin Cuneo had a hit and drove in a pair and Luke McDonald was 2-for-4 with two RBI to spark the Panther offense. Eric Messina earned the win with 6 2/3 innings of work and Cam Rogers had a hit, two runs and two stolen bases.
Danvers 6, Lynn Classical 2: Junior Brandon Hyde went the distance and Danvers (13-1) came up with two doubleplays to make sure he earned another win. Ray Arocho hit a 3-run homer to give the Falcons some breathing room, A.J. Couto had two hits and Joe Strangie and Dan Connors both came up with RBI singles.
Peabody 3, Swampscott 1: Senior Pat Ruotolo came on with the bases loaded and two outs and recorded the last four outs to earn his third save. Peabody (13-1) extended its winning streak to 12 by scoring three in the fifth on a Matt McIsaac squeeze and RBI singles by George Tsonis and Frank Lowry. Mike Petrosino had three hits and junior Andrew McLaughlin fanned five and scattered five hits over 5 2/3 innings to earn his fifth win.
Trevor Massey threw six strong innings to keep the Big Blue (5-8) in the game and Greg Collier delivered Swamspcott’s RBI with a single in the sixth.
Bishop Fenwick 11, Matignon 0: Senior right-hander Andrew Lessard allowed four hits and struck out six over six innings as the Crusaders improved to 11-2. Nick Fanjoy had two hits, three RBI and two runs and Brian Burke and Gianni Esposito each had RBI doubles.
Masconomet 11, North Andover 0: Will Twiss fired a complete-game, six-hit shutout. Twiss struck out five to help Masco move to 7-5. The Chieftains scored seven times in the first inning. Speros Varinos had three hits and four RBI, Elias Varinos had one hit, two walks, three runs scored, and an RBI, and Joe Klingensmith added two doubles and two runs.
Chris Rich (two hits, two RBI) and Greg Jain (hit, two walks, two RBI) also stood out for Masco.
Newburyport 11, Ipswich 3: The Tigers (3-8) saw Caroline Lynch go 2-for-3 at the dish and Emiley DeMarco pitched well in relief despite the loss.
Danvers 5, Lynn Classical 1: The Falcons continued their undefeated streak at 11. Devin Johnson went 2-for-3 with two RBI, while Kendall Meehan, who went 3-for-4 at the plate, got her 11th win on the hill with six strikeouts. Senior captain Julia Sagesse finished 2-for-3 on the day.
Masconomet 12, Manchester Essex 5: The Chieftains won their fifth straight and move to 7-2 on the season. Sam Taylor had an RBI double for the Hornets (1-8) in the second inning.
Rivers 7, Pingree 5: Haley Sabino finished 2-for-3 with three RBI as the Highlanders drop to 8-4 with the loss. Caroline Fay hit a three-run triple, while Nora Doherty played excellent defense at second base.
Beverly 11, Saugus 10: Emily Pitman got the win for the Panthers (5-5), scored the winning run on a passed ball and went 3-4 with a triple, and three RBI and two runs scored. Natalie Shea went 2-for-3 with two RBI and three runs scored, Kate Silvestri went 2-for-4, with a triple.
Marblehead 11, Salem 3: Michaela Leblanc gave up two earned runs on 10 hits, while striking out to for the Magicians (8-4). Offensively Marblehead was led by Olivia Vener who went 3-for-3 with three runs scored and Emily Messigner had a two-run double.
Bishop Fenwick 6, Matignon 4: The Crusaders (8-7) won the game in the eighth inning as Chandler Wilder reached on an error, Jen Crovo singled and Bridget Corcoran singled Wilder home for the winning run. Corcoran finished 3-for-4 on the day with two runs scored and two RBI, while Crovo went 2-for-4 with a pair of RBI and two runs scored.
Masconomet 13, No. Andover 12 (OT): Rachel Rogal scored her third goal with 29 seconds left in the first overtime and Masco (9-4) held possession for most of the second session to up-end their rivals. Amy Arnold also scored three goals, Kathleen Gillespie had two goals and three assists and goalie Lily Miller made a critical save late in regulation to help Masco’s cause.
Hamilton-Wenham 10, Salem 4: Generals goalie Morgan Kimball was outstanding with 21 saves as the Generals held off NEC South leading Salem. Emily Gaucher paced the offense with five goals, Catherine Martin scored three and Julia Ferreira and Nicole Foringer contributed one goal each.
Bishop Fenwick 20, Lowell Catholic 9: Fenwick got seven goals from Anna Moulton and six from Annette Ruggiero to qualify for the postseason. Grace Celona added one goal and four assists, Emily Rocker had five helpers, and Natalie Emerson scored twice. Caroline Crawford, Lexi Rose, Kayla Harris and Merry Harrington each had one goal for the Crusaders.
Marblehead 19, Wilmington 12: Kiley Fischer produced seven points (5 goals, 2 assists) to push her career total to 405 as the Magicians won their 12th consecutive game. Meggie Collins also had seven points with three goals and four assists. Cassie Rodgers had two goals, two assists, four draw controls and two ground balls, and Tyler Phillips contributed four goals for Marblehead (12-1).
Peabody 18, Danvers 14: Nicole Napolitano led all scorers with six goals and six assists as the Tanners (8-3) qualified for the state tournament with the win. Sarah Napolitano added for goals while Courtney Smith had three goals and one assist. Cheyenne Jackson had 11 saves in net.
Swampscott 18, Gloucester 12: Bridget Lawless had three goals and two assists as the Big Blue (2-10) got the win yesterday. Lauren Sullivan and Chloe Dorgan (one assist) also had three goals.
Manchester Essex 6, Ipswich 5: Brittany Smith had three goals while goalie Katie Furber finished with 13 saves for the Hornets (10-2).
Swampscott 5, Revere 0: Vivian Gere (6-0, 6-0), Veronica Pyapivorskaya (6-0, 6-0), Anya Peterson (6-4, 5-7, 6-4) won singles points as the Big Blue improved to 9-1. The pairs of Jessica Zolott/Alegra Walker (6-0, 6-0) and Natalya Andrushchenko/Michelle Schnayder (6-0, 6-0) swept doubles as well.
Salem 5, Winthrop 0: The Witches (2-9) won behind Kim Barzola (6-1, 6-0), Ari Gaffney (6-1, 6-0), Catherine Majeski (6-2, 6-4) and the doubles teams of Marlena Udden/Madison Vallou (6-1, 6-3) and Kayti LeFrancois/Jodi Pimauyga (6-2, 6-4).
Ipswich 4, Triton 1: The Tigers (5-4) climbed over .500 by sweeping singles with wins by Ashley Sulkin (6-3, 7-5), Lexi Lopez (6-3, 6-2) and Hannah Lynch (6-1, 6-1). The doubles team of Abby McCarthy/Kristin Klimowicz (6-1, 6-3) also won for Ipswich.
Hamilton-Wenham 4, No. Reading 1: Top singles player Caroline Gribbell won in straight sets (6-0, 6-0) to set the tone for the Generals. Jessie Goldberg (7-6, 7-5) also won at No. 3 singles and H-W swept doubles play with wins from Caroline Flores/Colleen Ford (6-1, 6-2) and Darby Mackintosh/Kate Toner (3-6, 6-2, 6-4).
Marblehead 5, Beverly 0: The Magicians cruised past Beverly to improve to 10-0. Tory Booth (6-0, 6-1), Annie Ryan (6-3, 6-3) and Sarah Katz (6-0, 6-1) provided the wins at singles, while the doubles teams of Meghan Gabel/Kelly Mealey (6-0, 6-0) and Meagan Hanratty/Amanda Gilberg (6-1, 6-2) also won.
Peabody 3, Danvers 2: The Tanners swept doubles and got a win from Dany Chhan at third singles to edge the Falcons. Chhan swept 6-0, 6-0 in her match and the doubles teams of Anna Grimalyak/Tayla Hodas (6-1, 6-2) and Beverly Ejiofor/Eleni Petromelis (6-1, 6-2) picked up the doubles wins for Peabody (8-2).
Lynnfield 5, Masconomet 0: Danielle Dunn played well at No. 1 singles in defeat, as did the first doubles team of Evelyn Harbert and Ava Reineke. Masco dropped to 7-4.
Bishop Fenwick 4, Archbishop Williams 1: Demi Velonis dominated at first singles (6-0, 6-0), while Sarah Kanarkiewicz (6-3, 6-0) was victorious at second singles for the Crusaders (9-3). Fenwick also saw wins from its doubles teams, Jeena DeFrancesco/Megan McGunigle (6-2, 6-0) and Olivia Comeau/Tara LaCrosse (6-0, 6-0).
Swamspcott 5, Revere 0: The undefeated Big Blue (10-0) took all five points in straight sets with wins from Matt Jacobs (6-0, 6-0), Val Temin (6-0, 6-2) and Ian Crimmins (6-4, 6-1). The winning doubles teams were Sam Crimmins/Matt Gilberg (6-0, 6-0) and Erick Eaton/Tyler Gateman (6-0, 6-4).
Marblehead 5, Beverly 0: Junior Chris Wigglesworth won a two hour match (7-6, 6-3) at first singles to spark Marblehead (9-1). Miles Barry (6-3, 6-2) and Griffin Butterfield (6-1, 6-1) completed the singles sweep for the Magicians and Jason Frost/Dimitri Vlassoc (6-0, 6-0) and Alex Rothbard/Michael Forte (6-2, 6-4) handled doubles.
Danvers 3, Peabody 2: Robert Parsons (6-0, 6-0) took third singles, while Nick Lisichenok had an outstanding win at first singles (6-2, 6-7, 6-2) for the Falcons (6-5). Ryan Daly/Jimmy McCariston (6-2, 6-0) were victorious at No. 2 doubles.
Triton 3, Ipswich 2: The Tigers fell to 2-7, but not without wins from Murali Prasad (6-3, 6-1) and Forest Finn/Sam Benford (6-2, 6-4)
Hamilton-Wenham 3, North Reading 2: The Generals (6-2) swept in doubles action as Frankie Bucco/Jack Hopkins (6-1, 6-2), and Adam Celata/Reed Forsey (6-3, 2-6, 7-5) had wins, while Woody Watson (6-2, 6-4) won at No. 1 singles.
Masconomet 87, Pentucket 58: The unbeaten Chieftains swept the 2-mile (won by Alex Dziadosz, 11:08), the mile (won by Jay Polakiewicz, 4:53), the 800 (won by Alex Gikas, 2:07) and the 200 (won by Regan Charie, 23.6) to overcome the Sachems. Also winning for Masco were Austin Cashin (400, 52.0), Tristan Cluster (400 hurdles, 59.4) and the 4x100 and 4x400 relays.
Hamilton-Wenham 103, Lynnfield 42: Sophomore Shawn Kotch won four events (the long jump triple jump, 110 hurdles and 200) and Matt Gillis doubled in the 2-mile and the 800 to power the Generals (2-4) to victory. Also winning events were Andrew Kang (100) and Mike Allara (mile).
Amesbury 71, Ipswich 75: The Tigers took the 4x400 relay and got two wins each from Matt Jaeger (long jump, triple jump and Michael Riddle (2-mile, mile). Ipswich’s other event winners were David Dick (pole vault), Nate Glaster (400) and Nick Mammolette (800).
Revere 88, Salem 48: Ben Sattiewhite remains undefeated in the high jump (6-2) while Aaron Palmer (discus) and Connor Duncan (javelin) also had first placed finishes for Salem (3-3)
St. John’s Prep 101, Catholic Memorial 34: The Eagles improve to 3-3 on the season with wins from Evan Dombrowski (shot), David Roy (discus), Andrew Zucco (400) and Jamie Catalan (400 hurdles).
hamilton-wenham 115.5, Lynnfield 30.5: The Generals improved to 5-1 led by Vanessa Morris, who took the 100 and ran a leg of the winning 4x100 relay. Emily Horgan took first in the 2-mile, Sarah Duffy won the mile, Emily Bean wont he 200, Anna Murphy prevailed in the 110 hurdles, Rachel Gershlak won the shot put and Maddie Bukkhegyi won the long jump for Hamilton-Wenham.
Ipswich 98, Amesbury 47: Double-winners Devin Smith (triple jump, 400) and Michaela Hedderman (100, 200) helped the Tigers bump their record to 4-2. Also winning events were Celia Zampitella (shot put), Marissa Cain (javeline), Shey Coughlan (800), Sarrah Keiran (mile), Tina Keiran (2-mile), Katie Monahan (110 hurdles), Nora McMorrow (pole valut) and Hannah Steele (high jump).
Masconomet 88, Pentucket 57: Sarah Katz, Taylor Teed and Meagan Lamire swept the 200 to help the Chieftains (7-0) win a battle of unbeatens. Masco also won both relays.
Revere 71, Salem 65: Senior Joy Lima was the big winner for Salem (1-5), taking first in the 100 (13.1), 400 (67.0), long jump (31-6) and triple jump (14-2 1/2). Shannon Tucker won the 800, Natasha Demars took first in the shot, while both the 4x100 and 4x400 relay teams were victorious.
Bishop Fenwick 14 Lowell Catholic 3: The Crusaders (8-6) won a home behind three goals and four assists from senior Troy Reinold. Junior Kyle Russell had two goals and four assists, Chris Napolitano and Mark Naelsnik each had two goals and one assist, captain P.J. Usalis had a goal and two assists and Aidan Moulton scored two goals.
North Andover 6, Masconomet 3: Trailing 3-2 at halftime, Masco (8-5) couldn’t come from behind in the rivalry night game. Harry Cwik had a goal and an assist, and Cam Jung and Max Craig also scored while goalie Tighe Van Lenten made 14 saves.
North Shore Tech 7, Nashoba Valley 6: Dan McCormack had three goals to lead the Bulldogs (4-8) offensively. Logan Gilliland had the winning goal in overtime off a feed from Max Sciola .
Hamilton-Wenham 11, Chelmsford 7: The Generals (9-5) qualified for the postseason behind Eddie Frick’s four goal-performance. Christain Ecker added a pair of goals, while Jimmy Littlefield and Cam Macri had solid games on defense.
St. John’s prep 3, Medfield 0: The Eagles handed Medfield their first loss, 25-18, 25-10, 25-13, while also avenging last week’s Medfield win. Senior captain Brian Keough had 18 kills to lead the offense and sophomore Jake Burt added 11 kills.
With two outs in the bottom of the seventh, the worst case scenario for the Salem baseball team was extra innings.
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